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Snowy Sunday

Some New Englanders have been itching for a snow day. As far as Winters go, this one has been pretty mild. Sure, there were a few below-zero days, but there have been plenty of days where I’m too toasty after walking more than a few minutes in my coat and scarf. And the icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned? There has been little-to-no snow. We had flurries here and there, but nothing substantial … until now. It snowed on Saturday this past weekend and it’s set to potentially blizzard this week (when this post goes live).

Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter wear. The hats, coats, scarves and boots all tickle my fancy. I love a bundled look, but I don’t necessarily love the snow that goes with it. I like to wear snow boots because I choose to, not because I have to. Makes total sense, right? Right! Glad we’re on the same page.

This past Sunday, I met up with the lovely Agnes from Spoons and Stilettos for a cup of coffee and outfit photos. It was such a pleasure to meet Agnes, especially since we’re two city bloggers caught in the suburbs :) We might have gotten a few stares from people walking by, but we didn’t let that stop us from capturing our snowy OOTD.

snowy ootd

snowy ootd

snowy ootd

snowy ootd

snowy ootd

snowy ootd

J.Crew Coat past season (similar) | Target scarf old (similar) | J.Crew chambray shirt

Vince tshirt | JCrew belt | Paige denim

L.L. Bean boots | Kate Spade watch | Kelsi Dagger purse via TJMaxx

J.Crew elephant necklace (similar) | Pendant necklace from SOWA  (similar)

Thanks to Agnes for taking my photos and I hope you all enjoyed my snowy OOTD.

What is your go-to snowy-day footwear outfit?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

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5 Your-Lips-But-Better Lipsticks

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a bold lip. Hot pink, deep red, velvet berry, I love them all. But there are some days where I don’t want to have to check to make sure my lipstick isn’t smudged or fading.

That’s when natural lipstick colors are clutch. These your-lips-but-better shades add a polish to your look while still being low maintenance. If these shades start to smudge or fade, it’s not as big of a deal since they match my natural lip color closely. If I don’t have time to freshen up for a couple of hours, I don’t even have to worry.

There are lots of great options out there and shades for all skin tones, but I wanted to share five of my favorites. These perfectly compliment my ghostly-pale complexion and blonde locks, and I’d love to hear if they work for other folks as well!

natural lipstick colors

Palladio in Lady Rose | Bobbi Brown in Blue Raspberry | Fresh in Petal

Sensai in Akanezome | Rimmel in Tower of Mauve

And of course, you could always go really natural and just rock a little lip balm, but where’s the fun in that? There is just something so nice about applying a lovely lipstick as you’re getting ready in the morning. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel like I’m ready to take on the world!

What are your favorite natural lipstick colors?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: January 25, 2015

I hope you had a fabulous weekend because by gosh, you deserve it! And as your Sunday night winds down, enjoy the last few weekend hours by catching up with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. Happy reading!

And there you have it, the fabulous going-ons of the fabulous ladies in the Beauty Blog Coalition!

Did you read something interesting this week? Share it in the comments below! 

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: January 24, 2015

Happy weekend, lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I’m spending a snowy Saturday indoors today, which means it’s the perfect time to catch up with the fine ladies from the Beauty Blogazons.  Even if it’s not snowing where you are, Saturday is the perfect time for some beauty reading, so check out their posts below. Happy reading!

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure


Smooth Winter Skin: Moisturizer

Oh hi there, beauties. Remember how last week I was talking about my exfoliating routine? Well I’m back, back again, with the sequel to that post … my go-to Winter moisturizers. What good is exfoliated skin if you don’t moisturize it, anyways?


So let’s get down to business. In the morning after washing my face , I apply a couple of drops of Fresh Seaberry Face Oil to my face (pretty self explanatory) before I apply my makeup. This oil gives me moisture that lasts all day while creating a nice base for my foundation.

Then, I smother the rest of my body in either The Body Shop Wild Argan body butter or Skin Authority Olive, Fig, Shea body butter. There is really no rhyme or reason as to how I pick one on any given day, I just go wherever the body butter winds take. They are both amazing products with lovely scents, I can’t say enough good things about them.

Then comes night time. After my shower, I follow the same body butter ritual as the morning and then apply either the GlamGlow ThirstyMud mask or the NUXE Masque Crème Fraîche de Beauté if I think I need a little extra moisture over night. Just like with the body butters, I can’t speak highly enough of these two products. They offer amazing results, leaving your skin quenched, and both smell amazing. I prefer the scent of the NUXE mask slightly more because it smells exactly like honeysuckle, which reminds me of my childhood.

And that’s it; my routine is pretty simple. Just the way I like it.

So, tell me. How do you keep moisturized during the cold Winter months?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

I’ve been keeping something from you beauties for a while now, and I just couldn’t live with it anymore. Meet one of my main squeezes – the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation weekly, sometimes daily, for a few months now, and I just realized I was too busy applying it all the time to actually write up a review.

I’m typically not much of a foundation girl; I’m more of an alphabet cream kind of girl. BB Creams and CC Creams are my jam. But true to its name, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation offers airy coverage that can be built up to a heavy cover with a light feel. The foundation never cakes, flakes or leaves my skin ravaged at the end of the day.

Charlotte Tilbury

And if I wasn’t convinced of my love already, I always get buttloads of compliments on my skin when I wear this, which is always the true test of a good foundation. Can others tell the difference (hopefully positive) in your skin?

Charlotte Tilbury

And while we’re on the Charlotte Tilbury train, let’s quickly discuss their KISSING Lipstick. I have the shade Coachella Coral, and I haven’t made up my mind about it yet. I love the formulation and the wear the lipstick wears, but it’s a bit of an odd shade for Winter. I think the shade will grow on me as the weather warms, but I would buy another shade in a heartbeat.

So, moral of the story? I’m loving my Charlotte Tilbury products and I can’t wait to try out more. And while you’re at it, treat yo self and pick up some goodies for yourself.

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products lately?

Photos: beautyXposé; Diclosure


A Love Affair with Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

You guys, I’m in LOVE! …with mascara, but still. A few months ago my friend, Ashley, began raving about a line of makeup she was selling called Younique. She was obsessed with their Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara, and all I could think was, I own more mascaras than I’ll use in the next ten years. Eventually I caved and let her put it on me and Oh. My. God. Love at first sight!


Above is an unplanned early morning shot the first time I tried the mascara. On the left eye I have on my beloved $30 Lorac mascara. On the right is Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. What a difference!

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes is made with 100% natural fibers taken from green tea. For all of you eco-friendly gals out there, it is a naturally based, vegan product that is not tested on animals. And, for what it’s worth…it’s gluten free? Not sure how lashes can be gluten intolerant, but if yours are, they’ve got you covered!


The larger tube is a Transplanting Gel that has the same look and feel of regular mascara and is applied first. The second, smaller tube of Natural Fibers reminded me of a wand of black cotton candy. After applying the fibers, a second coat of the Transplanting Gel locks it all in. It was definitely as quick and easy to apply as regular mascara. I can also vouch for the fact that these lashes are water resistant, yet wash off easily with a facial cleanser.


After trying 3D Fiber Lashes, Ashley came over and we tried out Younique’s other products. My favorites were the Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eyeliner in Perfect and the Moodstruck Glorious Face and Eye Primer- both felt like satin and went on super smooth. Next on my wish list: Uplift Eye Serum. There are some amazing before and after photos floating around the web- check them out!


For $29, it is not inexpensive, but it is the exact same price I was spending on my original mascara. Want to experience the magic for yourself? It’s easy-for the next 10 days, you can order Younique products by clicking here. Now go fall in love!

Want to hear more about Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes? Check out Kristin’s review here.


About the author – Amy Genduso

Amy Genduso

Amy spends every waking moment around children, and she stands by the fact that a classic, polished look can still be achieved! Don’t let that fool you, she’s anything but basic. Ulta is her own slice of heaven, and she has a small hoarding problem with OPI and Lorac products.

Photos: Amy Genduso/beautyXposé; Disclaimer


Sneak Peek: SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette

As I mentioned earlier this week, I went on an eyeshadow bender recently, and one of my purchases was the new Marsala palette from the SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE collection. This throwback to the 90s is so divergent than the shadow shades I gravitate to, so I figured it was worth a shot. New year, new me. #Amiright?


Depending on what you’re used to spending on makeup, I think this palette is a steal at $39 because it comes with 24 gorgeous shades! That’s less than $2 a shadow, so it’s basically free if you think about it that way … And while many of the colors go out of my comfort zone, none of them are so crazy that I can’t imagine wearing them.


To be completely transparent, the packaging feels a bit cheap and I am more worried about dropping it than my sturdier palettes, but other than that, it seems perfect. I’ll be giving it a go today (today when you read this, not today when I write this), so I’ll make sure to update you on my thoughts.


Sadly, the palette is sold out online, but it’s worth checking your local Sephora to see if they still have any in stock.

What is your favorite shade in this palette and what do you think of the Marsala trend?

Photos: beautyXposé

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A Shopping Spree and a Makeup Forever Giveaway

I get in phases where I hyper-focus on splurging on one type of item. Sometimes it’s clothing, sometimes shoes, sometimes lips and sometimes recently, eyeshadow palettes. In less than a month, I acquired four new palettes out of sheer desire rather than need. Because in reality, I had no real need for one extra palette, let alone four.

I blame most of this shopping spree on my lack of self control, but I also blame part of it on the Sephora app and the extra glasses of whine I had this past month. You know how the holidays go … In my frenzy, I picked up the Stila In the Light palette, Laura Mercier Artist’s Eyeshadow and Cheek paletteSEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye palette and the Makeup Forever Studio Case.

makeup forever giveaway

I toyed with keeping all of them, but then I came to my senses and realized that I’m insane and that you all are fabulous and deserve a little something-something extra. So, after much deliberation, I’ve decided to giveaway the Makeup Forever Studio Case to one lucky reader:

“A set of 12 Artist Shadows, a step-by-step guide, and a full-size of the Artist Liner for creating four holiday eye looks.

Amp up your holiday look when you add drama with this Studio Case’s vivid color. This limited-edition palette features 12 Artists Shadows, infused with an innovative formula that provides both superior color pay-off and smooth blendability. The shadows are arranged in complementary trios as a guide for creating four specific eye looks: The everyday Natural, sultry Smoky, daring Bold, and sophisticated Chic. Top off your eye look with the rich black Artist Liner, perfect for precisely lining and defining, and the step-by-step guide helps you to create each signature look—all housed in a reusable signature makeup kit.

  • “NATURAL” for an everyday look
  • “SMOKY” for an edgy look
  • “BOLD” for a daring look
  • “CHIC” for a sophisticated look

Get the look tutorial included to create each look. Reusable case with space to store your favorite products. Mirror included.”

The giveaway will run for one week until Monday, January 12th at 9PM EST. All of the entry information is below; good luck!

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Thanks to everyone who enters and good luck!

Photo: beautyXposé

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: January 4, 2015


Happy 2015, beauties! Start the year off on a fabulous foot by catching up with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. Happy reading!

What have you been reading this weekend? Share in the comments below!

Photo: beautyXposé